Dressage at Devon 2013 Day 3: Breed Division Ends as Performance Begins
Friday, September 27, 2013
German Oldenburg horses are the ideal mounts for dressage with their elegant, modern looks, outstanding gaits and kind rideability. The enormous international success of the breed is built upon generations of continual advancement, proven dam-lines and strict breed standards.
Appaloosa Sport Horse
One day, when Maat van Ulitert, of Maat van Ulitert Dressage, was on Facebook, she saw a picture of an appaloosa mare in the slaughter pen at New Holland. “She was super skinny, looked pregnant and was alone.” Maat’s empathy took the lead and she went directly to New Holland to rescue the mare. And, as it turned out, she was right – a week later Troubadour was born.
Despite the fact that Maat breeds warm bloods, she just fell in love with the appaloosa foal. And they came to Devon. They are now on their way back home to Florida. And they’re leaving with a blue ribbon.
What are her plans for Troubadour? “It’s hard to tell at this age but, dressage is for every horse!”
Legend has it that, while at war in Spain, a soldier was so enamoured of a chestnut mare with a blanket marking that he rode her all the way back to Denmark and the rest, as they say, is history. Whether or not this is true, the Knabstrupper is believed to have originated from the pre-history spotted horses of the region of Europe now know as Spain, the Knabstrupper is one of the oldest breed registries in Europe. Today, eight were featured in the Dixon Oval.
“The Knabstrupper is the ubiquitous farm/work horse of Denmark,” said Worth. “They are easy keepers – tough and sound – with good temperments.” Today there are only about 1,500 Knabstruppers in the world but, if these dedicated breeders have anything to say about it, that number will rise quickly.
The Performance Division began tonight with the USEF Fourth Level Test of Choice O GAIG/USDF Qualifier, was won by Aragon (DanWB sire), a 17.0 dark bay gelding with a score of 70.286. Aragon was ridden by Sahar Daniel Hirosh and owned by Francis Murphy of Doylestown, PA.
The FEI YH Test for 5 Year Olds was won by Fashion Designer Old, (Faustinus x Hauptstutbuch Forst Design), a 5 year old Oldenburg ridden by Nadine Buberl and owned by Dr. Cesar Parra.
Additional results for all classes can be found at www.dressageatdevon.org.
Performance classes continue in high gear on Day 4 including additional USEF Tests for 4, 5, and 6 year olds. FEI Intemediaire, the Grand Prix Qualifier for the Grand Prix Special, the Grand Prix Qualifier for the Grand Prix Freestyle and many more top-level dressage performances.
And, not only is Friday is Ladies Hat Day, it is the first day of exciting exhibitions including the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association Quadrille Team and Tommie Turvey, equine stuntman extraordinaire.
About Dressage at Devon
Dressage at Devon, the highest-rated international dressage competition held outside of Europe, combines world-class international dressage competition and one of the world’s few complete sport horse breed shows with the family fun of an International Fall Festival, featuring food and shopping for all tastes.
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